Airtable link previews in Slack
  • 06 Nov 2023
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Airtable link previews in Slack

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Article Summary

When sharing Airtable links in Slack, you can preview shared links in Slack conversation—helping convey critical information to team members and colleagues throughout your organization.

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Platform(s)Web/Browser, Mac app, and Windows app
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It's essential to understand what Airtable URLs and IDs are, so if you are unfamiliar with either, please check out our Finding Airtable IDs article.

The following types of Airtable links can be previewed in Slack:

  • Base URLs - Preview only the base's name with a hyperlink to "Open in Airtable."
  • Table URLs - Preview everything in base URL previews. Additionally, the table name will be shown.
  • View URLs - Preview everything in table URL previews. Additionally, the view's name as well as the view type and the number of records in the view—including a hyperlink to "Open in Airtable." 
  • Record URLs - Preview everything in view URL previews. Additionally, up to 10 fields can be previewed. The first 10 fields in the view the record link is being shared from will be shown.
  • Base share links - Preview the base name and a hyperlink to the base being shared.
  • View share links - Preview the view name and the number of records in the view along with a link to the view being shared.
  • Invite links - Preview the name of the base being shared along with an "Accept" invite hyperlink

Connecting Slack and Airtable accounts

We only generate link previews when Slack users are authorized to access shared Airtable content, which depends on each user's permissions and settings chosen in view or base share links.
Additionally, this feature requires us to make changes to our Slack app, so if you have previously authorized the Airtable Slack app, you will need to reauthorize it to access link previews. You may need to reach out to your IT department for help.

If you haven't connected your Slack account with Airtable, a prompt will appear asking you to allow Airtable to integrate with your Slack and Airtable accounts.

Slack scopes for Airtable integrations 

Airtable relies on the following API scopes from Slack:

Scope nameScope purpose
links:readView URLs in messages
links:writeShow previews of URLs in messages
For more information on Slack's scopes, check out their Permission scopes documentation.


Can I disable link previews in Slack?

Yes. Link previews can be turned off by yourself or your organization's admin.

Does Airtable support link previews for Microsoft Teams and other similar platforms?

We only currently support link previews for Slack.

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